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Restyling the Comments box (RadEditor) throughout Sitefinity

by Gabe Sumner

While working on a sample web site I noticed my comments textbox was inheriting a gray background from my web site’s BODY styles.

Comments box inheriting background color from body

After playing around with Firebug (which hopefully you’re using) I noticed this style was being inherited from the BODY styling that I had in my Theme.

Firebug showing inherited style for Sitefinity Comments box

By default, Sitefinity is picking up my Theme styling and applying it to RadEditor.  This might be fine, unless you’re utilizing a background-color that shouldn’t be applied to RadEditor.  So how can this be fixed?

Configuring new styles for RadEditor

The CSS applied to Sitefinity is configured in Sitefinity’s Settings section.  This setting can be found at in Advanced and Appearance.  The property you’re looking for is called EditorContentAreaCssFile.

Setting the RadEditor styles in Sitefinity

To apply new styles to RadEditor, simply point Sitefinity to a new CSS file.  From there, you’ll need to create that CSS file in your web site.  Here is an example.

/* These styles are used for styling RadEditor and are only applied when RadEditor is used on the page */
/* This style is referenced in Sitefinity's configuration in the Appearance area */

    background-color: White !important;

As demonstrated above, you might need to utilize the !important attribute to styles inherited from your other theme.  Using these styles you should be able to style RadEditor however you might wish.


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  1. Steve Jan 21, 2011

    I was wondering where the toolsfile.xml could be specified too
  2. Davide Vernole Feb 04, 2011
    Very Useful
  3. waseem Jun 22, 2012
    Thanks for !important

    When you need to apply Css for RadEditor, you need to add !important after every attribute.
  4. sinthia Mar 29, 2015
    very usefull
  5. Charlie Caterer Oct 10, 2016
    Hey that's great thanks, and yes I do use Firebug (great tool) - Charlie Caterer

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